Total Digital Access
In 2017, the Institutional Memory Section of the UN Library Geneva launched a major five-year project (2017-2022) to digitize the entire League of Nations archives, with the aim of modernising access to institutional memory for researchers, education institutions, and the general public.
This project, called Total Digital Access, will ensure digital and physical preservation and state-of-the-art free online access to around 15 million pages, or almost three linear kilometres of archival documents of the League of Nations (1920-1946), the first global international organisation aiming at the establishment of peace and cooperation and the precursor of the United Nations.
The project will result in 160TB of data, over 500.000 units of descriptive metadata, rehousing and conservation of all physical originals according to current standards, and modernised climate control and fire prevention.
At our last SWOP meeting Eilidh MacGlone (National Library of Scotland( gave a short presentation of this new interface. I am reposting the information below from the OfficialpapersUK blog.
Please send your feedback to the BL as requested below.
The UK Web Archive has a new user interface! Please try it and give us your feedback by completing the short survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ukwasurvey01 . There are several new features:
- For the first time you can search both the ‘Open UK Web Archive’” and the ‘Legal Deposit Web Archive’ from the same search box. The Open UK Web Archive was started in 2005 and comprises approximately 15,000 websites that can be viewed anywhere. The Legal Deposit Web Archive was started in 2013 and comprises millions of websites but these can only be viewed in the Reading Rooms of UK Legal Deposit Libraries.
- We have improved the search and have included faceting so that it’s easier to find what you are looking for
- A simple, clean design that (hopefully) allows the content to be the focus
- Easily browsable ‘Special Collections’ (curated groups of websites on a theme, topic or event, including Brexit, the EU Referendum and the 2015 and 2017 General Elections)
Jennie Grimshaw, British Library
Post provides balanced and accessible overviews of research from across the biological, physical and social sciences, and engineering and technology. They place the findings of this research in a policy context for Parliamentary use.
The best known format for these briefings are ‘POSTnotes’: four page summaries of public policy issues based on reviews of the research literature and interviews with stakeholders from across academia, industry, government and the third sector; they are peer reviewed by external experts. POSTnotes are often produced proactively, so that parliamentarians have advance knowledge of key issues before they reach the top of the political agenda.
Our Annual General Meeting is more than just a meeting. We use the opportunity to meet in different locations and hear about a variety of projects to stimulate discussion, create CPD and training opportunities.
This year is no exception and we are delighted to be holding the 2017 AGM at the
National Library of Scotland Kelvin Hall, Glasgow on the 23rd November at 1.30 pm.
The event will begin with a behind the scenes tour by Ruth Washbrook, Head of the Moving Image Archive. This will give the opportunity to see the preservation and digitisation processes for film donations as well as some of the Government information films held in the collection.
Refreshments will be provided.
We are really delighted to have Helen Costello back with us to talk a little about her new role in the Scottish Parliament and reflect on her professional journey thus far.
Finally, Eilidh MacGlone – National Library of Scotland Web Archivist will demonstrate the new UK Web Archive public interface and how best to use this for research
This will be followed by the SWOP AGM – Agenda and papers will be sent out in advance of the meeting.
For catering purposes it is important to reserve your place on Eventbrite.
Why not join us in the café at Kelvin Hall from 12 noon for an informal catch up with colleagues over coffee or lunch. (Please note that lunch is NOT unfortunately provided by SWOP).
Francesca Ezzelino, Newsam Library and Archives, UCL Institute of Education is a member of SWOP and uses the network to ensure a comprehensive coverage of publications for Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA), their repository of Official Publications in the areas of education, training, children and families.
The UCL Institute of Education is home to an extensive print collection of Official Publications, beginning with the origins of state education in the United Kingdom in the 19th century to the present day. The breadth of the collection brings together key legislation, reports produced by select committees and government departments, circulars and memoranda. It also includes documents published by quasi-governmental bodies such as Ofsted, the Schools Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, as well as local authorities, political parties and trade unions.
As part of an on-going digitization programme between the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Library of Congress issues of the congressional record covering the first world war are now freely available to access.
The congressional record is the official record of debates in the US congress .